Our J Family had a GRAND time at the Grandparent/Grandchild DCT event on Sunday, March 11.

Thanks to the Intergenerational Programming Department here at the J, the MACC’s Denver Children’s Theatre, and MazelTogether, 37 attendees were able to celebrate the opening of DCT’s Sleeping Beauty, all while spending quality time with one another.

From 11:00 am to 12:30 pm, grandparents and grandchildren were able to enjoy a kosher family-style lunch, partake in magical arts & crafts, and attend the grand opening of DCT’s Sleeping Beauty (discounted tickets were compliments of Intergenerational Programming–so kind!).

The children who attended this special program ranged between the ages of one through nine and many were dressed to the nines in their fun themed costumes–what’s cuter than a bunch of little princes and princesses? Pictures don’t do them justice, but we can try.

 

There were 16 grandparents and 21 grandchildren who were able to attend the event and we think that’s huge! Together, the grandparents and grandchildren made dragon wings and crowns, giggled, and learned about one another. Debbie MacKillop, our outstanding Intergenerational & Adult Programming Coordinator, kicked off the event by announcing that there are more grandparents living today at the same time as their grandchildren than any time in our history. This staggering fact worked to highlight just how significant this relationship is and how lucky our 37 attendees were and are to have such strong connections with one another.

After the group saw the noteworthy production of Sleeping Beauty (grab your tickets here, if you haven’t already!) the children were able to meet all of the professional actors and have their picture taken with them. As Debbie puts it, “the lobby was a-glitter with characters and fans.” Now that’s what we call a roaring success.

Events such as these help bring attention to the rarity and importance of grandparent/grandchild relationships. As previously noted, not all families are able to benefit from this unique bond, and we’re thankful and humbled to have been a part of so many families’ lives using this type of intergenerational programming.

 

What’s on the agenda for next year? Well, Debbie promises it’s going to be big–bigger than ever before. “We’re planning a much bigger GRAND event that will allow the Opening Day of DCT to be recognized as Grandparents Day here at the J. It will become a partnership between Intergenerational Programming and the MACC Education Department.” We can’t wait to see that plan in action, especially if it’s anything like this year.

But the fun doesn’t stop there! In order to forge a stronger grandparent/grandchild relationship, our Intergenerational Programming Department hosts a Grandparent Connect Group that meets every third Friday of the month from 11:30 am to 1:00 pm. This group allows other Jewish grandparents to meet one another, plan outside events, and share helpful tips. Please contact Debbie MacKillop for more information if you or someone you know would like to get involved.

We’d like to thank all of the GRAND attendees who made this event possible, along with all of our supporters.

Together, we are strengthening the lives of grandparents and grandchildren all across Denver and that’s definitely something to smile about.